Is Nude Rude? Is that the Wight Question?
NAKED BATHERS PROMPT BLUSHES AT WINDY CORNER
By Gavin Foster – County Press
June 16, 2006
ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND -- Nude is proving rude on an Island beach and naked bathers may be asked to cover up or move away.
Windy Corner at Niton Undercliff has long been a haven for naturists but after a complaint from a man who said his family found naked bathers intimidating, beach owners the National Trust may discourage nudity.
Although it has no legal right to insist bathers are fully clothed, the trust may ask naked bathers to move away from its shores.
Gunville man Lee Bishop said he had found the presence of naked bathers during a visit to the beach to the right of Windy Corner car park intimidating to him and his family, including his four-year-old daughter.
National Trust property manager Tony Tutton said he was not aware of any proliferation of nude bathing nor any particular problem involving NT shores.
"We will instruct our wardens to keep an eye out. We have no powers to make them move or put on clothes but we may point out to them that naturism is not to everyone's taste," he said.
Mr Bishop, 30, had no objection to naturism but thought it should be practised in designated areas.
"One person came and sat right behind us while we were playing in the sea," he said.
"It was well away from the traditional areas used by naturists. There was also someone at the bottom of the footpath leading from the car park."